Hello there! 🙂
I think we all agree that, when learning a language, one has to use a book or at least a pencil and a piece of paper. At the initial stage, this is necessary. Now you might say that you only want to listen to a language and learn words by listening, but I think orthography plays a huge role, especially when learning a language with another writing system.
I think that only learning from books is not the key to a successful language learning. Instead of only learning grammar, which you probably don’t like that much, vary your activities, or as Einstein used to say: ,,Stop doing what you did before and do something else.”
Here are a few examples:
1. LISTEN TO INTERVIEWS OF YOUR IDOL IN YOUR TARGET LANGUAGE
If you like soccer e.g. why don’t you watch an interview of Cristiano Ronaldo in Portuguese?
2. LISTEN TO MUSIC
It’s a great way to combine your vocabulary that you’ve already learned with a song! I don’t recommend rap, unless you’re at a advanced stage.
3. TALK TO AMAZING PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD
That’s what I love to do. Knowing more about cultures and accents is interesting! You can even find your future wife or husband from the country where the language is spoken.
4. WATCH MOVIES AND YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Combine your knowledge with fun videos or movies. I myself have watched ‘Finding Nemo’ in over seven languages. If you’re learning French, I’d recommend ”Normanfaitdesvidéos” and ”Cyprien” on YouTube. I had such a great time watching their comedy videos! Search for their names, you will not regret it!
Read whatever you like. The best piece of advice I can give you is to read your favorite genre. Don’t read classics that you don’t like. Entertain yourself with texts that aren’t too complicated.
Alright, keep studying guys! Not only with books, no, also by applying the five points that I mentioned above! Good luck with your studies! 🙂
Your attitude towards language learning is absolutely paramount. If you don’t have the right attitude, things might get difficult, even though it is absolutely possible to learn the language.
In German, there’s a saying which literally translates into ”this seems like Spanish to me”, meaning that something is very difficult. If I had listened to all those people who say that, as a German native speaker, it is very difficult to learn Spanish, I would have never learned Spanish and never reached a B2/C1 Level.
Apply this little anecdote to your language learning. Let’s say you want to learn Hungarian, Polish, Japanese or Mandarin Chinese. All these languages are conceived as difficult. You need to get rid of rumors and assumptions. Change your perspective. Instead of saying: ”I’m not even going to try to tackle Mandarin Chinese Characters and sounds”, change your attitude. It takes more effort to learn Mandarin Chinese, it’s true, but absolutely doable. You can master the hardest languages in the world by changing your attitude and by not listening to the naysayers.
I wish you good luck with your studies and a wonderful day.
YOU CAN LIVE YOUR DREAM!
Now, you might feel disappointed as you continue to learn a language. You might feel like ”gosh, this is boring. Why am I doing this. Man, now I’ve got to study again, this is tiring.” When you reach such a point, you have to remind yourself why you’re doing this.
1. Motivation: Think of the people you’ll meet when you have reached a level that is equal to a level high enough to talk to natives. Maybe you’ll find a girlfriend in this country where the language is spoken, amazing friends or even a wife! Think of the moments that you will have, but if you quit, you’ll end up not knowing amazing people and even more disappointed.
2. Patience: Being patient can be hard, but the truth is that you can’t learn a language in a matter of a day. It takes time. Be patient and enjoy the process. Instead of working on your language skills twice a month, do it regularly. With that approach, you can learn much faster.
3. Consistency: Do a bit every day. You need to feed your brain. You can learn one word a day, review all flashcards at the end of the week and eventually get fluent in a short period of time.
4. Discipline: The word says it all. Be courageous.
5. Time: One thing, and I can hear this very often, is that people claim to not have time to learn a language. The truth is, it’s not about not having the time but to make the time. There are definitively several time slots in your life that you can use to learn a language.
I wish you all good luck with your studies and keep studying guys, it’s worth it! 😀
Hello dear friends! 🙂
Having watched my videos, you might be wondering why I learn languages. Isn’t it torturous to study languages? Why the heck does he do that? It’s not fun!
Well, to be honest, for me it is fun. I like to learn languages to escape reality, so to say. Some take drugs, smoke weed, go to parties, but instead of getting drunk or whatever, I listen to a language that makes me feel much better. For me, certain languages have a certain aura that no human has. Instead of getting high on cocaine, I get high on Portuguese for example, or Swedish. Whenever I choose to pick up a new language, I make sure that when I listen to it, it gets me hooked and high. I’ve been high on many languages. Also on languages that I can’t understand. I’m having a blast for example when I listen to Arabic. I don’t know Arabic, but still, I love the sound. It’s so interesting to me. And I also love the fact that basically no one here can understand it.
To make the long story short: No, it is not torturous. The beauty of discovering a language comforts me and I love it. As for you, when learning a language, think of the ability to speak to natives and interacting with them. You can’t climb the mountain thinking ”damn, it’s too long. I’m going to give up”. Think of the different stages that you will encounter, the steps as you walk towards your goal. Dreams and goals can only be reached with discipline and consistency.
I wish you a wonderful day! Keep studying guys, it’s wort it! 🙂